Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pastor pleads guilty
Former pastor pleads guilty to sexual abuse of girl
Published on November 13th, 2010 5:40 am


In an agreement with state prosecutors, a former Moravian Church pastor in Bethel pled guilty on Wednesday to one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Carlie Ekamrank, 52, had originally faced five counts of sex-abuse of a minor -- a 12-year-old girl.

The agreement drops all counts but the one, according to court documents filed in Bethel Superior Court.

If the judge accepts the terms in a hearing scheduled for early next year, Ekamrak could receive five years in prison and a probationary period of up to 10 years.

When his case []began in June, Ekamrak was a top official in the Moravian Church in Alaska and served as pastor in Bethel.

The Moravian Church in Alaska has a strong presence in the Kuskokwim region in Southwest Alaska.

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